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black student association newsletter john a logan college 5/28/2013 [edition 1 volume 1 1 martin luther king jr leadership and scholarship awards many years ago the reverend dr martin luther king jr memorial scholarship fund was established by the black student association the scholarship is to be awarded to a student who excels in academics and has outstanding leadership skills a student who exemplifies the ideals of dr king the black student association is passionate about this very important scholarship than ever before unfortunately there are insufficient funds currently available for distribution we need adequate funds in order to be able to present a $500 outstanding student leadership award and a $1,000 martin luther king jr memorial scholarship each year we need your support as we strive to raise the funds needed to reach our goal annually with the generous contributions black student association · · · the black student association bsa and friends greet you our purpose is to provide a setting for black students and friends to 1 get together in a supportive atmosphere and 2 plan cultural social and academic activities that promote learning and unity on campus we come together and discuss ways to make the campus more enjoyable for everyone as well as ways to help our community the bsa is sponsored by john a logan college student activities and student clubs we appreciate their support thank you all for your generous support ms denise davis president ms maria sevier v-president ms breona hawkins secretary ms toyin fox advisor together we hold the light to keep dreams within reach and make the world ever better of several individuals last year we were able to award the outstanding student leadership award for the first time in a long time see page 8 enclosed is a contribution form it is our sincere hope that you will consider supporting this worthwhile cause no amount is too small when you give you help change someone s life donations of gift certificates products and services are most welcome and will also help to ensure the success of this project www.google.com/images in today s difficult economy underrepresented underserved and economically disadvantaged students are facing more hardships

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black student association newsletter john a logan college 5/28/2013 [edition 1 volume 1 participating in a study abroad trip to kenya africa 2 the road of leadership perseverance and success as i travel down this road of perseverance and success i plan to eventually become a chief security officer in return i am currently assisting the black student association in the fundraising for the 2013 martin luther king student scholarship which will be as beneficial to the next student leader as it was to me thank you for your support community outreach the black student association volunteered at the carbondale women s center annual christmas party 2012 for clients and their children my name is imani hudson and i was the 2012 recipient of the martin luther king leadership award at john a logan college with fundraising and many contributions towards the scholarship i was able to pay for my fall 2012 classes which led to the successful completion of my associate degree in arts and science to give you a little background i am a single parent from the urban area of chicago i moved to carbondale il to better my education in 2011 and started attending john a logan college i served as the president of the black student association was a student senate member and a trio participant while having my commitments in school i also am a parent volunteer at thomas elementary school the boys and girls club of carbondale and a board member for the carbondale junior sports program currently i am a junior studying information technology at southern il university carbondale with a graduation date of may 2014 i am as dedicated to giving back and helping others at siuc as i was at jalc so this summer i will be the bsa helping out at the christmas party below from right are breona hawkins denise davis imani hudson

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black student association newsletter john a logan college 5/28/2013 [edition 1 volume 1 3 get connected get involved student spotlight hi my name is breona hawkins i am a 2012 graduate of carbondale community high school and now a freshman at john a logan community college i am originally from murphysboro il and i have been a resident of carbondale il almost three years now i joined the black student association at the beginning of the 2012 fall semester i am the club s secretary being the black student association secretary has been great i really get the chance to be involved in all aspects serving as a member of this club has been a great experience it has allowed me to exercise my social skills by conversing with fellow students as well as allow me to get more involved within the community and the school s community i have developed new and old skills that have helped me to be very successful in my first semester of college not only have those skills helped school-wise but the same skills helped me outside of the school environment i recently traveled to washington d.c to visit the state s capitol building for a `women in leadership breakfast i was the only girl from southern illinois girl scout council to attend i was one of 17 girls in the us to attend this ceremony in d.c the trip was a huge success and i was able to meet and converse with some of our country s leaders including some of illinois representatives the best part of being a member of the black student association is that it gives everyone from all races and nationalities the opportunity to come together and find new ways to help the community around christmas some of the other club members and myself volunteered at a local women s center holiday party to see the women and their children in such good spirits was heartwarming and fulfilling when each member left that night everyone had a huge smile on their face a few months after we attended the acts of kindness event at the murphysboro youth and recreation center the kids who attended that event were so much fun to work with one might say that we made a difference in their lives but i think it was the other way around i am so proud to be a part of such an amazing and motivated group j breona hawkins with the youth at the acts of kindness program in celebration of martin luther king jr s legacy.

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black student association newsletter john a logan college 5/28/2013 [edition 1 volume 1 4 acts of kindness project black student leadership conference at swic bsa members attended the 5th annual black student leadership conference at southwestern illinois college in belleville il this is the third time in a row that bsa has participated this conference provides empowering opportunities for students and their advisers with activities focusing on educational cultural spiritual and social needs of student leaders this year s conference theme is titled it is up to you and it featured presentations from ms donna moody director of the multicultural affairs at swic and the organizer of the conference amy hunter of ywca st louis business etiquette luncheon by ms monica black history of the buffalo soldiers history of the black student movement hip hop panel discussion and a concert by american idol 9th finalist 2005 nikko smith artist john a logan college student in celebration of black history month and martin luther king jr s legacy the black student association participated in and cosponsored the acts of kindness project during black history month february 23rd 2013 which took place at the murphysboro youth and recreation center this project provides an opportunity for john a logan college students to reach out and serve the youth in the community and ms molly alter art instructor at jalc facilitated this event youth were invited to participate in different activities such as drawing painting acting and also to receive dental care beauty care and so on for free participants also received door prizes and gifts this is also a way for youth in the southern illinois region to come out and do things together the bsa believes that by giving back we make our community stronger other co-sponsors at john a logan college are the educational programming office art club dental hygiene program cosmetology and chi alpha club a big thank you to all our sponsors for their contributions ms molly alter ms barbara anderson and the murphysboro youth and recreation center for hosting and supporting this event maria sevier and breona hawkins received the donald gordon woolwine leadership award at the black student leadership conference at swic belleville il below bsa members at swic

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black student association newsletter john a logan college 5/28/2013 [edition 1 volume 1 5 to education we must look history spotlight dr david cochran dr david cochran is professor of american history at john a logan college social science department he received his ph.d in american history from the university of missouri among his many publications his book america noir underground writers and filmmakers of the postwar era smithsonian press 2000 was nominated for the bancroft award as the year s best book in american history interview by ms breona hawkins a freshman and the secretary for the black student association at jalc when did you start to teach african american history course at john a logan college i ve been teaching at logan since 2001 and have taught the african-american experience every spring semester since then before i came to logan i taught at shawnee college in ullin illinois and taught african-american history there too how did you get interested in doing this subject as both a historian and a citizen i m interested in the development of the idea of democracy in america this country was founded on the principles that would grow into the modern concept of democracy equality individual rights and freedoms people s right to self determination etc and yet from the beginning several groups were defined as being outside this definition racial minorities workers the poor women american history is largely the story of the country struggling to live up to its own ideals as martin luther king jr said in a speech the night before he died all we say to america is be true to what you said on paper so it has been such minority groups that have driven the debate on what exactly it means to live in a democracy african americans particularly have played a crucial role in forcing the country to live up to the best of its traditions for instance it was the self-activity of slaves who walked off the plantations in large numbers when the civil war began thus transforming a war to preserve the union into a war to abolish slavery what inspired you to become a historian i think much of my motivation has been that i ve always been interested in so many different things and history includes everything for me it s been a way that i can pursue my interests in a wide variety of topics such as film literature music high and popular culture journalism politics social movements foreign policy and especially look for the links and interrelationships between the various subjects how has this course been received by the students and the community the students have loved the african-american history course and i ve loved teaching it students are always amazed at how much black history remains invisible in the dominant narrative of american history and how even that black history that does make it into the mainstream of american history is typically vastly oversimplified.

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black student association newsletter john a logan college what are the challenges of teaching a course like this with most courses the biggest challenge is to keep it interesting enough so the students stay engaged but in this class that s not really a problem the material is intrinsically interesting and the students have signed up for the class because they have some special interest in it or perhaps i ve just been very lucky with the high quality of students i ve had over the years why are courses like this important the history of this country is fundamentally a multi-cultural multi-racial history in which a wide range of groups have engaged in an ongoing dialogue or perhaps argument is a better word about what it means to be an american and to live in a democracy and yet so often american history is taught as if only white people have been participants in this discourse it s absolutely crucial to make clear the multicultural nature of american history what jazz critic albert murray has termed the incontestably mulatto nature of american culture do you have any advice for the students as for advice to students i always try to make the point that the great african-american labor organizer a philip randolph made throughout his career remember that people in power never give up any of their power because it s the right thing to do they give up their power if those without power organize and force them to that is an important lesson of history that all citizens should understand 5/28/2013 [edition 1 volume 1 6 dr david cochran and ms breona hawkins after the interview honors night denise davis breona hawkins and maria sevier were the recipients of the 2013 honors night leadership recognition award these three students volunteered in many capacities both on campus and in the community including all the campus club events the carbondale women s center children s christmas party the acts of kindness project and also attended leadership conferences in addition the three have encouraged fellow students to get involved in campus and community activities breona and maria both received the donald gordon woolwine student leadership award at the 2013 black student leadership conference at south western illinois community college in belleville for their leadership role.

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black student association newsletter john a logan college 5/28/2013 [edition 1 volume 1 7 brandon real t@lk williams an siu alumni 2013 mslc minority student leadership conference while at siuc williams majored in journalism and advertising and minored in english with a concentration in creative writing he has received numerous recognitions from the daily egyptians and carbondale times all the way to the chicago tribune and chicago defender brandon tours the nation s college circuit educating and touching lives with his speeches the black student association appreciates this great opportunity to attend the 2012 and 2013 minority student leadership conference at siuc special thanks to mr mike haywood the director of the office of minority affairs siuc and his wife mrs marilyn haywood business education faculty at john a logan college blacks interested in business the black student council and the siuc chapter naacp for sponsoring our participation bsa members attended mslc at siuc members of the black student association at john a logan attended this year 2013 minority student leadership conference at siu carbondale held on thursday march 28 at the siuc student center from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm this year s theme was mission possible dare to lead attendees said they had a wonderful time and were enriched by the keynotes addresses panel discussion interactive sessions and other activities of the day participants at the conference had the opportunity to explore and learn about leadership skills communication strategies corporate practices business etiquette financial responsibilities professional and personal development healthy lifestyle practices the importance of networking and so on the mslc town hall speaker is hasani pettiford an award-winning speaker tv personality and published author hasani is a recognized authority on human sexuality interpersonal relationships as well as personal growth and development he has impacted many lives as he fulfills his mission to change the way men and women relate to one another and help them live healthier and more meaningful relationships the mslc luncheon speaker this year was from right mrs marilyn haywood yasile compaore toyin fox garretkay willis-bonner marcie johnson and maria sevier at the mslc 2013.

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8 special thanks to our donors for the 2012 outstanding leadership award dr robert mees dr deborah payne dr marilyn toliver dr jane bryant dr ukeme umana college donation center for excellence cash donation ms helen moncrief mr mark henson ms barbara throgmorton ms mandy little ms jennifer rose ms louis morgan ms toyin fox as a thank-you for supporting the martin luther king jr scholarship and leadership awards we will mention your name or company during our black student association spring event and display your company name on our t-shirts and yearly newsletter if you can support us with a donation gift certificates products and services or if you would like more information about the fund or the jalc foundation please feel free to call breona hawkins the black student association president at 1-618-521-6986 or toyin fox at 1-618-985-3741 ext 8586 or ms staci bynum at the foundation office at 618-985-3741 ext 8472 more club activities photos 1 acts of kindness project artwork 2 bsa members at swic bsa conference 3 marcie johnson at mslc siuc

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